Kiln Design Studio Exhibiting Today at Craft New York cerf+

Craft New York

Today is very exciting as Jay and I will be exhibiting at a brand new show in New York where the proceeds got to a really great cause.  We really pulled it together and have made some really great new work.  Four new sculptures to be exact plus an amazing huge, simply gigantic new bowl.  Which I will post pictures of later.  The show starts today at 3 and my booth number is D10.  Come support a great cause.  And as usual buying from a local artist or crafts person really makes a huge impact on their daily lives.  Having handmade objects in your life is amazing.  Buy Art!

The Art of Craft is coming to New York!

April 1, 2, 3, 2011

7W NewYork
7 West 34th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10001

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Get ready New York! CraftNEWYORK is coming and is destined to become one of the most talked about craft events in the nation.

CraftNEWYORK, a benefit for CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources), will take place Friday April 1 through Sunday April 3, 2011 at NYC’s 7W New York, on 34th Street at Fifth Avenue, directly across from the Empire State Building.

The inaugural exhibit and sale is a must see for anyone interested in the finest American craft being made today and will feature 100 internationally renowned artists producing one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces. Working within, and expanding from, the traditions of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Gustav Stickley, Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, George Nakashima and Dale Chihuly, the award winning artists chosen for CraftNewYork have become America’s “living treasures”.

Net profits from admission to CraftNEWYORK will benefit CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Response), a non profit organization committed to supporting the careers of craft artists throughout the United States.


    Friday, April 1 from 3 pm to 8 pm
    Saturday, April 2 from 10 am to 6 pm
    Sunday, April 3 from 11 am to 5 pm

Admission Fees

    Admission is $15
    Seniors are $12
    Students and under 18 free

    Cash and checks only accepted for admission. 

    Group rates for 10 or more may be arranged
    Net profits from admissions are donated to CERF+

For More Information call 800-649-0279


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Spring Crafts Morristown Round Up!

It’s Wednesday and I’m feeling rested from the Spring Crafts Morristown Show this past weekend.   This is my third show with the production company Artrider and as usual it was an excellent show.  The staff is tremendous, extremely attentive and fun to work with.  Attendance was strong and people were certainly buying.  I love how everyone comes to my booth loving our work and wanting to learn about our process.  Something that did not happen very often in the wholesale high design world.  My next show with Artride is at the end of April in Lyndhurst NY.  As I get closer to the show I will be posting new info.  However I can say to any crafters who may be reading my blog,  try an Artrider show, they are excellent.  Applications for their winter shows I believe are being released on zapplication in April.

my new enameling friend judy stone

i met judy over the phone a few years ago.  we finally got to meet in person last week at the baltimore american craft council show.  her work is tremendous.  and quite opposite of our work.  judy is very detail oriented, her pieces are so tactile and feel as smooth as soapstone.  her colors are in a perfect mid tone range and are complimented by very crude copper wire which is sewn through her vessels and adds the right amount of  imperfection.  judy’s work is inspired by the late great fred ball.  check her work out on her site here.  there  is also a great video on her site as well making one of her pieces.


judy also teaches at the crucible in nothern ca.

we’re back from baltimore acc!

i got back this week from doing the baltimore acc show.  what a great show!  baltimore was super supportive.  i sold several really great pieces and met some really cool people.  i shared a room with my good friend serena who also did the show and we had a great time together.  i would post pictures except that someone stole our camera………  next time.

one great thing about baltimore is that there’s a bounty of old bay spice in every restaurant, what doesn’t old bay taste good on?  downside to baltimore is that it seems like everyone smokes.  baltimore could really stand to have a major anti smoking campaign.

the american craft council is actively looking for new designer/maker people.  i highly recommend this show and urge people to apply if they have not done so.  the crowd is highly educated in art, craft and design.  people in my opinion were buying in full force and really seemed to be looking forward to this show.   here’s a link to the craft councils website:  american craft council

The Best Thing We Ever Made!

Yummus Hummus

my husband and partner jay and our best friend sean biloski decided our neighborhood was seriously lacking in the healthy food and coffee department.  so they took it amongst themselves to open this super cute little spot cheekily named yummus hummus.  because obviously their super creamy hummus takes center stage.  the menu is small but very solid.  the coffee is an amazing brew of organic french sumatra.  the girls that work there turn out super tasty homemade cookies, scones and other amazing treats every morning.  the customers are so friendly and appreciative of our little contribution to the neighborhood.  if you find yourself in the east williamsburg/bushwick part of brooklyn stop in and say hi!

About Yummus Hummus

The Space:

Located in the latest up and coming neighborhood of East Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York, Yummus Hummus has found it’s home at 55 Waterbury St, just 2 blocks off of the Montrose stop on the L train.

From the start the owners, James Leritz (Master Craftsman and Owner of Kiln design studio) and Sean Biloski (Master of many things) envisioned a cool neighborhood restaurant with gourmet style food that would be built from the ground up. Jay and Sean personally designed and constructed the Cafes decor entirely out of salvaged, reclaimed, raw materials rescued from New York City’s five boroughs. The hand crafted hardwood floors, tables, wall accents, plates and even the glassware are all exemplary of their professional motto:

“Instead of adding clutter to the streets of NY why not take it away and make something beautiful.”

The Food:

Staying true to it’s name, delicious and homemade, Hummus is the draw at Yummus. Everyday different home made varieties are served alongside freshly baked pita bread with a medley of different vegetables and toppings to make you crave your next visit.

In addition to the main menu. options Yummus will be open from the crack of dawn to serve you gourmet coffee, tea and breakfast goodies.

So come be a part of the experience.

Sean, Jay, Elissa & Cougar

Save NPR & PBS!

index2.html?rc=fb_share1If NPR and PBS ceased to exist I would fall apart quite literally.  Everyone who knows me is fully aware that while in the studio I’m either streaming This American Life Episodes or the Moth Podcast.  How would I ever bore Cougar to sleep in the car without listening to NPR?  And Monday nights without Antiques Roadshow!  Don’t even get me started.  Click on the link provided and sign their petition!

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